WITH Saturday's local government election now just two more sleeps away, The Irrigator has briefly summarised some of the key views from this year's candidates to assist residents with their voting decision.
In clockwise order of the image provided:
George Weston has served as a councillor since 1995 and in the position of deputy mayor for many years.
"I have a passion for the community of Leeton and the people who live here," Mr Weston said. "It's more than just rates and roads, we need to become more sustainable and look after ourselves instead of being swallowed by Griffith and Wagga. I'm a big advocate for childcare, making sure we have adequate and accessible childcare services available to help young mothers, especially those who don't have extended family to rely on, to get back into the workforce."
Lynsey Reilly says she is here to listen and lobby for all residents if she were to be elected.
"Running for Leeton Shire Council is something I have thought about for many years but the timing hasn't been quite right for me," she said. "Together we can keep our water for agriculture, get the health services and facilities we deserve, prioritise flexible housing solutions for our community and provide a voice for the villages surrounding Leeton. I believe that my expertise, experience and qualification bring a unique set of skills to council."
Daryl Odewahn said he was a realist set on providing genuine consultation to better Leeton and provide equal maintenance, facilities and support to all areas of the shire. "Council is spending money on things that I feel are not priorities," he said. "I have seen over the past few years public consultation not being taken seriously, not by councillors, but by council itself. That's what is prompting me to run for local government this year. I thought it would be good to improve the openness of council, and the relationship with what the community wants to see happen as ratepayers in the future."
After a five-year first term, Paul Smith is running for re-election, saying he has unfinished business to see through. "A big reason behind me running for council again is that I feel like there is more that I want to do for the community," he said. "We have taken on a massive capital works program that will run over through to the next council term so I would like to see those projects seen through to the end." Mr Smith said health was also a big priority and hoped the community would see him as approachable when raising issues.
Brian Conroy says long-term sustainability, opportunities for youth and ongoing maintenance of council facilities are key going forward. "Leeton is such a wonderful community, I am running because I think it is time that I give something back," he said. "I have a great deal of skills from leadership positions in primary schools, primarily active listening which is essential to being a councillor. I want to keep the Leeton shire moving forward ..."
Tony Reneker said he was running for council on a campaign of honesty, integrity and putting the community first. The main reason I am wanting to run again is because I thoroughly enjoy serving the community," he said. "It has never been just about me, I enjoy doing this for the community and I want to be able to continue that service to the community. I am very keen on doing things that will benefit the entirety of Leeton, not just one individual or individual area or group of community members."
Emerson Doig said he was campaigning for a stronger Leeton shire. "I love Leeton, I think it is a great town and I want to see it continue to grow, which is why I am running as a candidate," he said. "It is a wonderful place to live. I want to help make it a place where my kids and every kid can grow up ... I am a good mix of what this community needs, and will be an asset to Leeton and council if elected."
Bill Barwick says running for council is his way of giving back to the community. "As an elected councillor, I'll encourage the Leeton shire to be responsive to community issues and needs," he said. "I have time to give to the position of a councillor and contribute in a meaningful and considered way to our town."
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